Download NCERT Solutions for class 9 English
Chapter 8 Reach for the Top
(Link of Pdf File is given below at the end of the Questions list)
In this pdf file you can see answers of following Questions
Answer these questions in one or two sentences each. (The paragraph numbers
within brackets provide clues to the answers.)
1. Why was the ‘holy man’ who gave Santosh’s mother his blessings surprised? (1)
2. Give an example to show that even as a young girl Santosh was not ready to
accept anything unreasonable. (2)
3. Why was Santosh sent to the local school? (3)
4. When did she leave home for Delhi, and why? (4)
5. Why did Santosh’s parents agree to pay for her schooling in Delhi? What mental
qualities of Santosh are brought into light by this incident? (4)
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
1. How did Santosh begin to climb mountains?
2. What incidents during the Everest expedition show Santosh’s concern for her
3. What shows her concern for the environment?
4. How does she describe her feelings at the summit of the Everest?
5. Santosh Yadav got into the record books both times she scaled Mt Everest. What
were the reasons for this?
Complete the following statements.
1. From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to _________
2. When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father
3. During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her _________
while _________endeared her to fellow climbers.
Pick out words from the text that mean the same as the following words or
expressions. (Look in the paragraphs indicated.)
1. took to be true without proof (1): _________
2. based on reason; sensible; reasonable (2): _________
3. the usual way of doing things (3): _________
4. a strong desire arising from within (5): _________
5. the power to endure, without falling ill (7): _________
A Russian girl, Maria Sharapova, reached the summit of women’s tennis when she
was barely eighteen. As you read about her, see if you can draw a comparison
between her and Santosh Yadav.
2. As you read, look for the answers to these questions.
(i) Why was Maria sent to the United States?
(ii) Why didn’t her mother go with her?
(iii) What are her hobbies? What does she like?
(iv) What motivates her to keep going?
Working in small groups of 4−5 students, go back over the two passages on Santosh
Yadav and Maria Sharapova and complete the table given below with relevant
phrases or sentences.
I. Identify the two parts in the sentences below by underlining the part that gives us
the information in brackets.
1. Where other girls wore traditional Indian dresses, Santosh preferred shorts.
(Contrasts her dress with that of others)
2. She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi. (Tells us what
happened after the first action.)
3. She decided to fight the system when the right moment arrived. (Tells us when
she was going to fight the system.)
4. Little Maria had not yet celebrated her tenth birthday when she was packed off to
train in the United States. (Tells us when Maria was sent to the U.S.)
Now rewrite the pairs of sentences given below as one sentence.
1. Grandfather told me about the old days. All books were printed on paper then2. What do you do after you finish the book? Perhaps you just throw it away.
3. He gave the little girl an apple. He took the computer apart.
4. You have nothing. That makes you very determined.
5. I never thought of quitting. I knew what I wanted.